Drugs gang gets 35 years . With video

ELEVEN criminals convicted as part of a huge conspiracy to wire millions of pounds of drugs cash to Jamaica via a Sheffield newsagents have been sentenced to a total of more than 35 years in prison.

Thursday, 20th September 2007, 2:31 pm
Updated Friday, 21st September 2007, 11:50 am

The massive money laundering operation, which took place over a five year period, centred around Spital Hill News on Spital Hill Road, Pitsmoor.

Sheffield Crown Court heard owner Raja Parvez Iqbal, a 43-year-old dad-of-three, helped 'major players' on the city's drugs scene, their friends, girlfriends, wives and associates, use his Western Union money transfer agency to wire the cash out of the country.

The money was used by their relatives to buy luxury mansions, land, businesses and cars in Jamaica.

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Iqbal, of Andover Street, Burngreave, hung his head in shame and clutched a copy of the Koran as he was sentenced to 11 years behind bars for 19 offences of conspiracy to launder money.

Judge Patrick Robertshaw said: "This was truly offending on a massive scale. Your role in what was going on was crucial and pivotal. You were the linchpin. WIthout your agency none of this could have happened.

"You actively and knowingly connived in laundering drugs money by allowing false identities to be used and providing false identities and false addresses to the senders of drug money.

"Your breach of the responsibilities with which you were entrusted was flagrant, calculated and chronic."

Carl Anthony Hinds, aged 35, of Wulfric Road Manor, was jailed for eight years for two counts of conspiring to launder money and one of conspiring to supply crack cocaine.

His sister-in-law Jennifer Elaine Hazel, 43, of Sharrard Road, Sheffield, was given sixteen months for two counts of conspiring to launder money.

Hinds's sister Princess Elizabeth Strodder, 34, of Boundary Road, Wybourn, was given a three month suspended sentence for one count of conspiring to launder money.

His friend Aron Hines, 38, of Roe Lane, Burngreave, was given 16 months for one count of conspiring to launder money.

Associate Nathaniel Wynter, aged 25, of Verdon Street, Burngreave, was jailed for ten months for one count of conspiring to launder money.

And Natalie Czerwinski, 21, of Hyde Park Terrace, Hyde Park, Sheffield, was jailed for two years nine months for 15 counts of money laundering, possessing heroin with intent to supply and possessing crack cocaine with intent to supply.

Dealer Robert Fowler, 29, of Saunders Road, Wybourn, was jailed for four years for two counts of conspiring to launder money and one of possessing drugs cash.

His wife Telita Fowler, 25, of the same address was given two years for two counts of conspiring to launder money.

Richard Blake, 28, of Maltravers Road, Wybourn, was jailed for five years for two counts of conspiring to launder money.

And Richard Gordon, aged 45, of 48, Motehall Road, Manor, was sentenced in his absence to ten months' imprisonment for one count of conspiring to launder money.

• Police hail sentences as "the demise of three very senior drug criminals in Sheffield": see tomorrow's Star.